Service-Oriented Architecture - COM00112M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Dimitris Kolovos
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts and design principles of service-oriented systems, the non-technical aspects such as governance, impact on culture and organisation, as well as the various interoperability standards, technology infrastructure and security considerations associated with service-oriented implementations.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to

  • Understand the meaning of the phrase service-oriented;
  • Understand the significant cultural, organisational and governance impacts of service-oriented systems;
  • Be able to clearly articulate the differences between service-oriented systems and other paradigms such as object-oriented systems;
  • Understand the fundamentals of implementation technologies such as SOAP, REST, WSDL and BPEL;
  • Understand the principles of how to map vendor technology (e.g., Enterprise Service Buses) into an architecture that follows service orientation principles.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (1 day)
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (1 day)
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on solutions to practical exercise sheets after each practical.

Indicative reading

**** Waseem Roshen, SOA-Based Enterprise Integration, McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2009

*** Thomas Erl, Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design, Prentice Hall, 2005

*** Jeff Davis, Open Source SOA, Manning, 2009

*** Thomas Erl, SOA Design Patterns, Prentice Hall, 2008

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